Herniated Disc - Treatment

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How is a herniated disc treated?

Occasionally, disc herniation is incidentally detected when a test such as an MRI is performed for other reasons. If no symptoms are present, no particular treatment is necessary.

Depending on the severity of symptoms, treatments for a herniated disc include physical therapy, muscle relaxant medications, pain medications, anti-inflammation medications, local injection of cortisone (epidural injections), and surgical operations. In any case, all people with a disc herniation should rest and avoid reinjuring the disc. Sometimes, even people with relatively severe pain early on can respond to conservative measures without the need for surgical intervention.

There are now a variety of surgical approaches to treat disc herniation. Each type of operation is customized to the individual situation and depends a great deal on the condition of the spine around the disc affected. Surgical options include microdiscectomy using small surgical instruments and open surgical repair (either from a posterior or anterior approach). Urgent operation can be necessary when cauda equina syndrome is present (reviewed above).

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Comment from: L ynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had a herniated disc about 20 years ago. The pain was indescribable. I tried everything. The pain was so intense sometimes, I were dead. One of the doctors at my practice sent me to an osteopathologist. I went into his office on crutches and came out walking unaided. Several sessions later was cured.

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